Citing the “Pulp Fiction” director’s appearance on a latenight talkshow as the deciding factor, Don Murphy, one of the producers of “Natural Born Killers,” last Friday filed a $5 million lawsuit against Quentin Tarantino.
“This suit is not about money,” the producer said in the statement, which added that if Murphy wins the suit, any money (excluding court costs) would go to charity, specifically an L.A.-based organization called Inner City Filmmakers.
The suit stems from an incident that occurred Oct. 22, when Tarantino confronted Murphy in the West Hollywood restaurant Ago. According to reports at the time (Daily Variety, Oct. 23), Tarantino struck Murphy several times before the scrap was broken up. Afterwards, Tarantino reportedly apologized and the two shook hands, at the urging of Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.
Though Murphy declined to press assault charges at the time, he de-cided to file suit, according to a statement released by his publicist, after remarks Tarantino made on “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show” Nov. 10, “boasting of his attack on Murphy.”
While Tarantino did not specify what drove him to confront Murphy at Ago last month, sources said he was upset with his portrayal in the book “Killer Instinct,” written by Murphy’s partner Jane Hamsher.
“If Quentin didn’t agree with what was published in my book, he should have taken his grievances to a court of law,” Hamsher said. “That’s the civilized recourse society has provided for disagreements.”
Tarantino’s spokesman referred calls to attorney Daniel Petrocelli, who could not be reached for comment.